March 2019 |
Eight thousand nine hundred ninety (8,990) patients received free medical services from the three-day Mega Clinic held at the City Coliseum of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on July 9-11, 2018 – first time ever in the history of the province, where Palawan Adventist Mission (PAM) of the Seventh-day Adventists served as the host organization.
In coordination with the visiting team from Adventist World Radio (AWR) Life Source International, the Health Ministries of North Philippine Union Conference and PAM ran all the logistics and tapped church leaders and volunteers to team up with the medical team from the preparations to the actual services up to the necessary follow ups.
As early as 6 o’clock in the morning, locals from different municipalities and barangays flocked outside the coliseum, eager to be registered in the list of thousands who needed medical consultations, treatment and procedures. Children, adults and senior citizens endured the heat and inconveniences to avail of the free services. Even the 110-year-old grandfather did not miss the privilege. In a quick conversation, he said, “I want to ask for free eyeglasses because I want to do my normal activities.”
Various services railed inside the coliseum, while hundreds of volunteers posted themselves to strategic places where they could serve everyone at the most convenient and fastest way.
“We make sure we have the better service, if not the best. We have prepared for this big event since last year and I thank the working staff for doing the best they could. This is not easy; it’s challenging but I consider it a positive problem because a lot of people will be given medical services for free,” commented Pastor Arnel Gabin, Health Ministries director of North Philippine Union Conference and one of the coordinators of the Mega Clinic.
Pastor Daniel Malabad, PAM president remarked, “On behalf of Palawan Adventist Mission, I convey our deep appreciation to our medical team for choosing Palawan, particularly Puerto Princesa as the recipient of this Free Mega Clinic. We extend also our recognition to the city officials for their generous support, especially for allowing us to use the coliseum. We owe a lot from everyone who, in one way or another contributed their time, resources and services just for this big program. To God be the glory!”
Hundreds of volunteers composed the team: doctors, dentists nurses and medical practitioners who performed medical, pediatrics, eye care, dental, laboratory, minor and major surgical services.
High recognition was given to the following for their significant participation and contribution: Southern Asia-Pacific Division, North Philippine Union Conference, Adventist Hospital-Palawan, Department of Health, Deprtment of Social Welfare and Development, 4P’s City Links, Governor’s Office thru Engr. Purisima, the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Adventist Medical Center Manila, South-Central Luzon Conference Medical Mission Team, and the local mission medical and non- medical volunteers.
This incredible number of patients served is the largest the Adventist Church has ever had to date, and the first ever in Puerto Princesa City. True enough: “Not by might nor by power but by His Spirit,” is success guaranteed for God’s glory and honor!
Following the Mega Clinic, on July 13-28, PAM hosted again another big program, the Revelation of Hope Seminars conducted in 35 sites in Puerto Princesa, Aborlan and Narra. Speakers came from Australia, Canada and U.S.A. Church members showed their hospitality and support to the visiting evangelists up to the culmination Sabbath on July 28.
“If you are not present in God’s wonderful place..., the Lord could not make a substitute for you and you will be lost
forever,” excerpt from AWR officer Cami Oetman’s Divine Worship message.
SSD president, Pastor Samuel Saw came to join the celebration and conveyed his heartfelt gratitude and acknowledgement to the organizers, coordinators, medical teams, visiting evangelists, church members, volunteers and new believers.
During the baptismal rite at Pristine Beach Resort, more than 400 declared their decision to accept and follow the Lord.
“I believe the time is near because of the number of people coming to the feet of Jesus,” commented one of the speakers.
Bro. Boy Pachero, a reporter of local radio station and Manila Times news correspondent was one among those who were baptized. He said, “No one has invited me to be baptized. It is God who guided me to come here with my motorcycle traveling 90 kilometers from Narra to Puerto Princesa.”
What happened in Palawan marked a significant record in celebrating the Philippines for Christ 2018.
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